Pioneer Enters iPod-Dock Market

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Pioneer Electronics is shipping its first docking systems for iPods and iPhones.

Chris Walker, home entertainment business solutions group director at Pioneer Electronics (USA), said in a statement, “For our first entry into the dock category, we took a different approach and created each one with build and sound quality as a priority. The entire line was personally sound tuned or evaluated by our renowned TAD speaker engineer, Andrew Jones, who also created our exclusive, high-end EX line of home speakers.”

Four models were introduced: the XW-NAS3/-K, part of the Audition series; the XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3- K system, part of the Duo series; and the Pioneer HTD system, model XWNAV1K- K

The XW-NAS3/-K features a “double isolated frame” that is meant to improve overall bass response while reducing cabinet resonance. The entire audio frequency spectrum is reproduced by the system’s 2.1-channel dynamic digital amplifier, Pioneer said, and the dock can be connected to a television monitor or display.

It will be available this month in black or white for a $449 suggested retail.

The Duo series models — XWNAC1- K and XW-NAC3-K — come with built-in Bluetooth to wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone 3G or 3G S, iPod Touch (second generation or later), computer or another Bluetooth-compatible device.

The XW-NAC1-K ($349) will be available in May and the XW-NAC3-K will be available in June ($449).

Finally, the “all-in-one solution” XWNAV1K- K has an a Works with iPhonecertified dock, DVD/CD player, FM tuner, USB connectivity and CD-to- MP3 ripping capability. It will be available in June with a black or white frame for a $299 suggested retail.


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